By Todd Beamon
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that reports that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was under FBI scrutiny on Russia pointed to an inquiry that was "being done backwards" and "raises great concerns about civil liberties."
"Usually, you can point to a statute and say, 'We're investigating crime under this statute,'" Dershowitz told Anderson Cooper on CNN before referencing special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
"What Mueller seems to be doing is saying: 'We don't like what happened. Maybe there was some collaboration. But I can't figure out what statute was being violated.'
"When Hillary Clinton was being investigated, at least we knew what the statute was."
The Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday that the FBI was investigating Kushner's meetings last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a banker from Moscow.
Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, said that her client would cooperate with the probe.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered with Congress what he knows about these meetings," she said in a statement. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry."